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Bloomberg: Exxon-Shell Venture Spills 1,050 Gallons of Crude Oil (Update1)

By Joe Carroll

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — A venture owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the world’s largest oil companies, spilled 1,050 gallons of oil at a California well today, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.

The oil spilled about 11:45 a.m. local time after a flow line leaked at a well in Fresno County operated by Aera Energy LLC, the state agency said on its Web site. Bakersfield-based Aera is owned by Exxon and Shell.

The spill has been contained and didn’t contaminate drinking water supplies or waterways in the area, the emergency services agency said. A phone message left at Aera’s corporate office wasn’t immediately returned.

Aera is the second-largest oil producer in California, after Chevron Corp., according to the state’s Department of Conservation. Aera pumps 185,000 barrels of crude and 67 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.

The company was formed in 1997 when Shell, Atlantic Richfield Co. and Mobil Corp. combined their California exploration and production businesses. Mobil was acquired by Exxon in 1999.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Carroll in Chicago at [email protected]

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